Last Updated on October 24, 2020
Van Jones, the former ‘Green Jobs Czar’ for the Obama administration, rebuked CNN host Jack Tapper’s criticism of President Trumps record with the Black community saying he doesn’t get enough credit for what he has done.
During a panel discussion, Tapper heaped heavy criticism on the President for a remark he made during the final presidential debate, saying he’s done more for the Black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln and that he saw himself as the “least racist” person in the room.
To the surprise of just about everyone on the set, Jones, who declared himself a Communist in 1992 after the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, took an opposing viewpoint on Trump.
“I think it’s really unfortunate because Donald Trump, and I get beat up by liberals every time I say it but I keep saying it, he has done good stuff for the Black community,” Jones said.
“Opportunity Zone stuff, Black college stuff, I worked with him on criminal stuff, I saw Donald Trump have African American people, formally incarcerated, in the White House, embraced them, treated them well,” Jones continued. “There is a side to Donald Trump that I think he does not get enough credit for.”
CNN's Van Jones: President Trump “doesn't get enough credit” for the “good stuff he has done for the Black community” https://t.co/gG3DpiwoEh pic.twitter.com/PPOsPhr7cr
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) October 24, 2020
The President’s record on what his administration has achieved most often goes unheralded by the media. Instead, his opponents and detractors advance a false narrative that he is racist and xenophobic, a claim they make because of a housing lawsuit in New York City that have everything to do with real estate economics and taxes, and nothing to do with race.
“The Black community can appreciate some of the stuff that he’s done,” Jones said.
A recent Rasmussen Reports poll, that spanned October 19 to October 23 to encompass the last presidential debate, found that a full 46 percent of Black Americans approve of President Trump’s performance.
Morning Reader Data Points:
National Daily Black Likely Voter Job Approval For @POTUS – October 19-23, 2020
Mon 10/19 – 25%
Tue 10/20 – 24%
Wed 10/21 – 31%
Thu 10/22 – 37%
Fri 10/23 – 46%
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) October 23, 2020